Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 2991 (Hints)
Hints and tips by Senf
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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg, where, this week, we had around 36 hours of seasonal temperatures, before the mercury took a nose-dive again, to the point that the high temperature on Monday occurred at 11:00pm.
Today Dada might be showing us that he has a sense of humour with a handful of anagrams, two homophones, but no lurkers in a symmetrical 28 clues.
Candidates for favourite -12a, 7d, and 14d .
Don’t forget to follow BD’s instructions in red at the bottom of the hints!
As is usual for the weekend prize crosswords, a number of the more difficult clues have been selected and hints provided for them.
Most of the terms used in these hints are explained in the Glossary and examples are available by clicking on the entry under “See also”. Where the hint describes a construct as “usual” this means that more help can be found in The Usual Suspects, which gives a number of the elements commonly used in the wordplay. Another useful page is Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, which features words with meanings that are not always immediately obvious.
A full review of this puzzle will be published after the closing date for submissions.
Some hints follow:
7a Bird, one poking around gobbling crumbs ultimately (7)
Someone or something that pokes around containing (gobbling) the last letter (ultimately) of crumbS.
10a Closet open, used mysteriously to hide cross (9)
An anagram (mysteriously) of OPEN, USED containing (to hide) the letter that represents a cross – perhaps the definition should be closeted.
12a Male billed as an old sailor (5)
A double definition – the first refers to a feathered male.
13a In the outskirts of Leeds, there’s always a fight for good-for-nothings (9)
An archaic synonym of always, A from the clue, and a synonym of fight contained by (in . . . there’s) the first and last letters (outskirts) of LeedS.
15a Spicy sauce, mostly strong is it? (7)
A synonym of strong with the last letter removed (mostly), IS from the clue, and a (BRB verified) abbreviation of a (3,6) term for ‘IT’ – and I hadn’t heard of the sauce either.
18a Fear those spotted behind bovine are dropping back (9)
Spotted cubes after (behind) a type of bovine and ARE from the clue with the last letter deleted (dropping back).
21a Arabian person in attention-seeker? (5)
A synonym of person inserted into (in) a two letter interjection used to attract attention.
25a I’m not sure boy is Italian (7)
An interjection used when hesitating or being uncertain – no, not that one, the other one – and a male’s (boy or man) name.
1d Soft tissue on me thrown over into grave (4,6)
ON from the clue and ME from the clue reversed (thrown over) contained by (into) a type of grave.
3d Capital city in trouble is on the up after support of women (8)
A three letter term for in trouble and IS from the clue all reversed (on the up) and placed after the short form of a female garment used for support.
5d Last seen in canteen I guess, tool brought up for refuse collector (5,3)
The last letter (last seen) in canteeN, I from the clue, a synonym of guess, and a (cutting) tool all reversed (brought up.
7d Where twelve numbers may appear, always (5,3,5)
The illustration says it all.
9d Neighbourly type from somewhere in India installing radio mast for broadcasting (4,9)
Someone or something from an Indian state containing (installing) an anagram (for broadcasting) of RADIO MAST.
16d Serious passage read out (8)
The second homophone (read out) – the first is 6d – of a (marine) passage.
19d I feast beneath the moon (6)
I from the clue, the letter that might represent the moon An element with chemical symbol I is derived from a moon of Jupiter with a verbal synonym of feast after (beneath).
22d Book already commencing, the story starts (4)
The initial letters (starts) of four words in the clue.
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A random selection today. Hands up all those who remember the tag line ‘The weekend starts here‘ used by Ready Steady Go on a Friday evening in the early/middle ’60s. I am not sure why, but YouTube kept ‘offering’ me this young lady drummer, named Sina, playing Wipe Out (the first theme of said programme) with guitar help from her Dad: